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Technical briefing: From commitment to action: Parliaments moving the UHC agenda forward




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IPU and the World Health Organization (WHO)
12:30-14:00, Room XVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

The international community has committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. A political declaration on UHC should be adopted by the United Nations General Assembly following its approval in the High-Level Meeting in September 2019.

To underline the parliamentary commitment to UHC, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is preparing a resolution on Achieving Universal Health Coverage by 2030: the role of Parliaments in ensuring the right to health, which is planned to be adopted in October 2019 at the 141st IPU Assembly. As part of this process, a global consultation with parliamentarians took place in April 2019.

Parliaments have a critical role to play in accelerating progress towards UHC and in ensuring that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. Key parliamentary actions are required in terms of legislation, accountability, advocacy and budget allocation.

The purpose of the World Health Assembly Technical Briefing is to highlight the significance of parliamentary action on UHC, to discuss how parliaments can address key UHC challenges, and to provide inputs to the development of the IPU resolution on UHC. It also aims at discussing how this commitment can be translated into concrete actions at national and regional levels.

On 24 May, a Parliamentary Seminar on Universal Health Coverage will be held from 12:30 to 14:30 at the Salle Concordia 1, Palais des Nations.